Parkland Communicator

Parkland Communicator
Capitilizing on a Booming Tourism Industry
Recreation and tourism opportunities are everywhere in
Parkland County.
Unbeknownst to some, there is a hotbed of recreational
activity occurring throughout the County. Far from being the
sleepy cottage community that many mistakenly label it as,
Parkland County’s recreational footprint is much larger than
simply those who call it home. Like it or not, we share our
County with a shadow population of visitors who enjoy the
County’s amenities and facilities without actually residing
within County limits.
From activities like tubing down the Pembina River to
the numerous lakes and trails, from garden centres
and greenhouses to extreme activities like paintball or
skydiving, Parkland County boasts a diverse array of tourist
opportunities that are enjoyed by hundreds and thousands
every day.
It’s not hard to see why non-residents would be attracted to
this fine community and would look to spend their precious
free time here.
I can understand why many residents find it difficult to see
their own backyard as a multi-use tourist destination, but the
reality cannot be denied – Parkland County is a sought after
Personally, I see this as a great opportunity just waiting for
locals to take advantage of. The tourist industry is blossoming
at an unprecedented rate.
Why not embrace this fact
and use it to our collective
Many of Parkland County’s
recreational developments
are currently at capacity
and experiencing incredible
volumes of people moving
in and out of the facilities.
We need to bolster the
businesses that are already
here not only by supporting
them as consumers, but
diversifying the target markets
with our own entrepreneurial Deputy Mayor John McNab
There exists a tremendous opportunity for local
entrepreneurs to capitalize on the areas of recreational
development that are already in place. Ice cream shops,
cafes, equipment rentals – the opportunities are endless
when you really stop to think about it.
The opportunity is ripe to further solidify Parkland County as
community with a thriving tourist destination with activities
and businesses to suit every need. Let’s work together to
make it happen.
Parkland County Council is thrilled to announce the
appointment of Ms. Beth James as Chief Administrative
Officer (CAO).
“Council conducted a national search with the assistance
of Davies Park, a highly reputable search firm. We received
a significant number of applications from well qualified
candidates, and we conducted a thorough selection process”
said Mayor Rod Shaigec. “We are pleased that Ms. James
has accepted the position. Her experience and expertise align
perfectly with Council’s strategic priorities.”
Most recently employed as the City Manager/Chief
Administrative Officer for Prince George, Ms. James’
background also includes substantial experience in a
variety of senior executive positions with the provincial
government of British Columbia, and in the private sector as
a management consultant.
“Parkland County is a charming rural community and I
am looking forward to being part of the community and
participating in all that it has to offer,” she said. “I am eager
to work with the Mayor and Council, Parkland County staff
and the citizens of the County to make a contribution to the
goals and objectives of the citizens, and achieve the strategic
priorities of Mayor and Council.”
As CAO, Ms. James will lead the development and
implementation of all policies and programs established and
approved by Council; guide and advise Council on legislation
and municipal operations, and provide information to support
Council in making informed decisions.
Working alongside Council and staff, she will also provide
vision, leadership and direction to the organization.
Ms. James will officially begin her role on August 15.
To find out more about what’s happening in Parkland County, you can
check out these links or visit our website at
Lac Ste. Anne
Isle Lake
TWP 540
TWP 534
Spruce Grove
Stony Plain
Wabamun Lake
Spruce Grove
Parkland County Centre
Racers Enter Circuit at Calahoo Rd
Before Finishing Race on Agrena Rd
at 2:57PM
Approximate Time of Arrival*
*Based on fastest time (50 KPH)as supplied by the Alberta Bike
Tour Organization.
44 AVE
RCMP and Peace Officers will be managing road closures. Roads
will close before the cyclists pass through and be reopened shortly
2-1-1 is here to help our residents find the right community
and social services.
By dialing 2-1-1, you can speak to an Information & Referral
Specialist to find information about programs or services
related to basic needs (food, shelter and clothing), health
care, parenting and child care, employment and job skills,
seniors’ services, recreation and social programs, volunteer
opportunities, emergency and crisis lines, transportation,
special needs resources and so much more.
2-1-1 Alberta is on its way to becoming a full provincial
service! For more information about the 2-1-1 program in
Alberta or to see a list of where this service is offered, check
out www.ab.
McLeod Ave
44 AVE
Drawn By: KT
Date: 2015-07-21
Affected residents are welcome to contact Parkland County
enforcement services for more information.
Boundary Rd
Spruce Grove
McLeod Ave
48 St
Golf Course Rd
Kings St
Century Rd
Stony Plain
Stony Plain
Municipal Boundaries
TWP 532A
TWP 532
TWP 534
Residents who live along the route will
be notified in person. If you are not
home when you are visited, information,
including the exact time (in a 45 minute
block) the tour is expected to pass by
your home, will be provided on a door knocker.
Campsite Rd
Natural Areas
Optional 6.7 KM Turnaround
Campsite Rd
Alberta Bike Tour Route
Stony Plain
Calahoo Rd
Spruce Grove
September 6, 2015
1KM Interval, Bike Route
40 KM Cycle Tour
54 KM Optional
Stage five of the tour will take place
on September 6, 2015. It will begin in
Edson and end in Spruce Grove, travelling
through Parkland County.
HWY 779
From September 2 to 7, 2015, the Tour of
Alberta will see approximately 120 of the
world’s best cyclists race across a diverse
and beautiful landscape of Alberta’s
urban and rural roads throughout the sixday stage race.
RR 20
The Tour of Alberta is Canada’s first
and highest ranked professional road
cycling stage race. With an international
audience of over 45.5 million viewers last
year in 2014, the world will be watching
once again as the event enters its third
year this fall.
Disclaimer: Parkland County is not responsible
for the route and times indicated. These are subject
to change and do not reflect mitigating factors such
as weather and varying speeds of participants.
after, lasting approximately 15 minutes each.
Volunteers required!
The Local Organizing Committee for the Stage 5 finish is also
looking for volunteers to assist with the race or festival. For more
information and to sign up to volunteer, visit
Community Sustainability
and Development Plan
Parkland County is developing the
CSDP and we need your input.
Go to
and make your voice heard.
Survey closes October 14, 2015
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On Tuesday, July 14, Parkland County Council
declared a State of Agricultural Disaster due
to the hardship that weather conditions and
drought had placed on local farmers during
this dry, hot summer. Moisture levels in some
areas of Alberta were at the lowest levels
recorded in the last 50 years. In addition,
crops in some areas of Parkland County
also experienced devastation caused by
The following are answers to the frequently
asked questions we received in the wake of
this declaration:
Why has Parkland County declared the
conditions as a “State of Agricultural
The declaration is designed to bring
awareness to the difficulty the agricultural
community is facing due to the drought.
What does a “State of Agricultural Disaster”
mean for Parkland County moving forward?
This means that if the Federal or Provincial
governments were to implement any
assistance programs, our farmers may
What are the next steps being taken?
Letters were sent to both Federal and
Provincial politicians requesting they look at
implementing drought assistance programs.
Has Parkland County ever declared a “State
of Agricultural Disaster” before?
Parkland County also declared states of
agricultural disaster in 2002 and 2009
because of lack of rain and adverse growing
What was the deciding factor that caused
Council to declare this state now and not
any sooner?
The deciding factor was that the crops, be
it hay, cereals or oilseeds, are, for the most
part, past the point where rain would help.
How severe is the problem and what will it look like moving
The problem is severe enough that some of the pastures, etc. may
not recover until later next year. Cereal and oilseed’s quality and
quantity will be severely reduced as will the revenue from these
crops due to lower grades. Hay is in very short supply and prices
have gone up significantly.
What sort of programs are being made available to Parkland
The lack of moisture which is currently being experienced throughout
the province highlights the relevance of the risk management tools
and accelerated payment processes that Agriculture Financial
Services Corporation (AFSC) provides. These tools and accelerated
processes will assist producers in obtaining alternate feed sources
where required in a timely and efficient manner. Go to for
more information on the programs that are available for insured
producers in Parkland County. The site is continuously updated.
Parkland County encourages local producers to keep a close
eye on the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)
website at, which is being continuously updated.
Currently, you will find bulletins on programs and what to do if
you want to put insured hay or crop land to alternate use.
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Parkland County is undertaking a comprehensive planning study
that is examining the “future of agriculture.” Specifically, the study is
addressing such fundamental questions as:
• What is the future vision for agriculture within the County?
• What types of agriculture and related agricultural enterprises have
a future?
• What new and emerging types of agriculture will or might emerge?
The study is in response to the growing awareness that agriculture
in Parkland County and across Alberta has changed and continues
to change rapidly. On one hand there are fewer but much larger
crop and livestock farms. On the other hand, there is a growth
in speciality enterprises such as market gardens, greenhouses,
nurseries, equine operations and in agri-tourism.
Parkland County, as part of the Capital
Region also faces a unique set of growth
and development pressures. Many of
these specialty enterprises compete for
agricultural land and County resources.
The primary purpose of the Future of
Agriculture study is to bring forward a set of
recommendations that will help Parkland
County develop a set of policies and tools
to support those types of agriculture that
have the best fit and future in the County.
The study involves a considerable
consultation with agriculture stakeholders,
including individual interviews, a series of
focus group discussions and two rounds
of public meetings that will be held in
September and November. Interested
individuals are encouraged to contribute as
well as be kept up to date on a dedicated
web site: agfutureparkland.mindmixer.
com/ or Google: agfutureparkland
Parkland County has a long and rich
agricultural history. According to the latest
Census of Agriculture taken in 2011,
Parkland is home to 782 farms, which
Parkland County is committed to
providing residents with a sense of
community and pride in their decision to
own property.
The Land Use Bylaw, developed by the
Parkland County Planning Department,
is intended to act as a guideline for
residents in understanding permissible
and non-permissible activities on private
property that could adversely affect
neighbouring properties. A copy of the
Land Use Bylaw, as enforced by Parkland
County Patrol Members, is available at
farm more than 400,000 acres and generate over $100 million in
revenues annually. Beef is the most predominant enterprise with
380 farms reporting over 45,000 cattle in total. The County is also
home to large acreages of alfalfa, canola, wheat, tame hay and
barley. In addition there are numerous market gardens, greenhouses
and 321 operations with approximately 4,000 horses.
The Future of Agriculture study is being led by Toma & Bouma
Management Consultants, a specialized agricultural consulting firm
with more than 30 years experience in the Alberta and Canadian
agricultural sectors. The consulting team includes Stantec who will
address the municipal planning issues. Stantec has worked with
numerous rural and urban municipalities in Alberta and Western
Canada including the Capital Region.
Trails are more than just a path through a forest or along a riverbank.
They are a way of beautifying our community and providing an outlet
to go outside and enjoy what nature has to offer. All together, trails
provide a number of benefits to a community.
• Property values tend to increase with
proximity to trails as communities
recognize them as a safe place to
be active, healthy and community
• Trail systems protect regionally
significant natural landscapes and
features while sharing the importance
and value of our natural environment
with trail users.
• Trails are the place for activity.
They provide a medium for some of
the most popular fitness activities
including walking, biking and jogging
• Trails can act as the focal point of a
community, infusing pride throughout
neighborhood groups and connecting
rural and urban centres.
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Most residents of our County will have heard of blue-green algae
and the negative effects it can have on mammals. Unfortunately,
this environmental issue hits close to home as blue-green algae
advisories have recently been issued for Lake Isle.
For this reason it is important that residents understand the issue,
its cause and effects.
Blue-green algae are common, naturally occurring algae-like
bacteria also known as cyanobacteria. In the summer months
when days are sunny and hot and the weather is calm, this bacteria
can accumulate to the point when it becomes visible.
Blooms are more likely to occur in nutrient-rich waters such as
those found in some of the lakes of Parkland County.
Some strains of bloom-forming cyanobacteria can produce toxins
that, if contacted, may cause skin and eye irritation, or if ingested,
result in intestinal discomfort and severe illness in humans.
Significant ingestion by other mammals such as livestock, pets,
and wildlife can lead to death.
For these reasons it is important not to swim or allow pets in water
containing visible blooms of blue-green algae. Being able to identify
blue-green algae is an important skill so here are some tips that
could help you spot these blooms on your lake.
1. It can appear like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of water
2. Can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, and/or pinkish-red
3. Will often smell musty or grassy
Alberta Health Services monitors the water quality of many lakes
used for recreation in Parkland County and will issue blue-green
algae advisories if toxin levels are too high.
Now that you know how to spot a cyanobacteria bloom, you might
be wondering how they are caused and what you can do to prevent
Cyanobacteria photosynthesise like plants and have similar
requirements for sunlight, nutrients and carbon dioxide. Often
times nutrients are the limiting factor to algae growth. When
nutrients become abundantly available, growth is no longer
controlled and blooms may occur.
It is thus important that we limit the amount of nutrients we allow
to enter our waterbodies through surface runoff and ground
water deposition. This means residents should be aware of best
management practices for reducing runoff and keeping our lakes
healthy such as limiting the use of aesthetic pesticides for lawn
care and ensuring our septic systems are not leaking.
Parkland County’s Green Acreages & ALUS Programs can provide
financial assistance for residents wanting to learn about or
implement best management practices on their properties.
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September 24-25th, Stony Plain
In celebration of The Year of Our Lakes, Parkland County’s
Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) is hosting the Alberta
Lake Management Society’s annual workshop for 2015!
This is an exciting opportunity for Parkland County residents to
delve into the world of lake and watershed science, and to get a
better understanding of what management of our waterbodies
really means.
The EAC invites you to come discuss innovation, collaboration,
and adaptation in lake management.
With emphasis on Parkland County, this workshop will provide
a venue to discuss technical aspects of lake and watershed
management as well as a chance to provide input into a
provincial lake management strategy. Who should attend?
There will also be ample opportunity for people of various
interests and background to share information and forge
relationships for future collaborations.
For more information and to register online at http://alms.
Anyone interested in lake and watershed management –
individuals, stewardship groups, academics, consultants,
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On September 1st the Fall hunting season will begin. The following
is some general information for your knowledge heading into this
Access to Public and Private Lands
Hunting on privately owned lands without permission is a problem
in Alberta. It generates anti-hunting sentiment among landowners
and results in the prosecution of more than 200 hunters each year.
Hunters should leave gates as they find them, avoid damaging
facilities or property, avoid disturbing livestock and establish
friendly relations with landholders.
Although there is a moral obligation to pursue wounded game and
a legal requirement to ensure game is retrieved and not wasted or
abandoned, these obligations do not override the legal requirement
to get permission to enter private land.
Access to Public Lands
Hunters are reminded that the privilege to access public lands
is contingent upon courtesy and responsible conduct. It is the
hunter’s responsibility to know, understand and abide by access
conditions that apply when using and enjoying these areas.
Petty Trespass Act
Amendments to the Petty Trespass Act came into force June 1,
2004. While it is still possible for a landowner to prohibit entry
onto his or her land by giving oral or written notice or by posting
signs prohibiting entry, the amendments now set out certain kinds
of property where entry is prohibited without any notice required.
These lands include those privately owned lands (and leased
public lands not associated with grazing or cultivation – these are
addressed at that are under cultivation, fenced
or enclosed by a natural boundary or enclosed in a manner that
indicates the landholder’s intention to keep people off the premises
or animals on the premises. Importantly, hunters or others who
access those lands must have permission before entering.
Federal Criminal Code
The Criminal Code (Section 41) provides that a person in peaceable
possession of real property can require a trespasser to vacate the
Parkland County continues to develop options for the scheduling
and routing of a new Transit Bus network within Acheson to serve
area businesses. While it was planned to be a service offered
in the fall of 2015, a new timeline has been established pushing
implementation into April 2016. This initiative is a combined effort from both the City of Edmonton
and City of Spruce Grove. Specific details of an inter-municipal
servicing agreement took longer than originally anticipated and
there are additional details to be confirmed regarding stop locations
The Application for the 2016 Funding
for Non-Profit Organizations is now
available. The deadline for application
is Thursday, September 24 . The
funding guidelines are the same as
previous years.
The grant application and eligibility
information is available on the
Parkland County website www.
It is also available in person at the
Community Services Counter in
Parkland County Centre. To request
an application package be mailed or
for more information, please call 780968-8400.
within Acheson and route timings within Edmonton and the
interface with the LRT network once it is operational.
As details are refined regarding an agreement between the three
municipalities, work will continue with defining a stop location
along Township Road 531A, west of Highway 60. Parkland County
will also make use of the additional time to ensure there is a
proper marketing and communication plan established including
information on schedules, routes, ticket sales locations, costs and
other pertinent details as they become available.
Parkland County Enforcement Services conducts strategic speed initiatives (based on
resident or Officer identified problem areas), routine traffic stops to ensure that drivers
have the appropriate documentation (including insurance and registration) and enforce
the rules of the road.
As part of our commitment to residents in Parkland County, Smart Parkland is having
an open house for distance learning.
We recognize that distance learning may be familiar to some but for even more it is a
new idea.
We want to be assured that everyone has access to the information they need to
become a lifelong learner.
The open house will include Post Secondary Institutions onsite, a free “How To Learn
Online” workshop, a book sale and door prizes.
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Keephills Hall
Contact Barb Scully for any questions at [email protected] or call 780-9688888 ext. 8354
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The road construction program continues throughout the summer.
The following are the projects currently started or scheduled later
this summer:
Construction Projects Currently Underway
•Rge. Rd. 274 (Campsite Road) - From Hwy 627 to Hwy 628 –
Reconstruction and asphalt hot-mix paving.
•Rge. Rd. 33 – From Twp. Rd. 513A –To Twp. Rd. 514 –
Construction Projects This Summer
•Twp. Rd. 522 – From Rge. Rd. 14 to Rge. Rd. 15 –
•Rge. Rd 55 – From Twp. Rd. 511 To Twp. Rd. 511A Reconstruction
Asphalt Surfacing Projects Currently Underway
•Greenfield Acres – In NW 16-53-01-W5M – Subdivision
•Highland Acres Stage 1 – In NE 28-53-03-W5M – Subdivision
Asphalt Surfacing Projects This Summer
•Acheson Zone 3 Rehabilitation – Stage 2 – asphalt hot-mix
Every year, some Albertans suffer serious injury or
death from burns while camping. Use these tips to
help make your summer trip a safe and memorable
• Keep a ready supply of water near your site in case
of an emergency.
• Build your fire gradually, and keep it small for
cooking or warmth purposes only. Never use
gasoline or liquid fire starters.
• NEVER leave children unattended or allow playing
near a campfire.
Camping trailers and recreational vehicles
• Ensure flammable fuel appliances are approved
and certified for use by a recognized testing
• Develop a fire escape plan and keep a small axe
handy for emergency escapes.
• Keep a fire extinguisher handy when cooking, and
keep one by the trailer exit door at all times.
• Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector in
your vehicle.
Seal Coat Surfacing Projects
Construction timing determined by the contractor but will take place
prior to September 5th, 2015.
•Rge. Rd. 270 (Sandhills Road) – From Twp. Rd. 514 to Hwy 627
– Graded Aggregate Seal Coat Surfacing.
•Rge. Rd. 260 (Winterburn Road) – From Twp. Rd. 511A to
Howard Road - Graded Aggregate Seal Coat Surfacing.
•Twp. Rd. 511A – From Rge. Rd. 260 to Rge. Rd. 261 – Graded
Aggregate Seal Coat Surfacing.
•Twp. Rd. 514 (Woodbend Road) – From Rge. Rd. 264 to Rge. Rd.
265 - Graded Aggregate Seal Coat Surfacing.
Subdivision Surfacing Projects This Summer
•South Seba Beach – In SW 5-53-5-W5M - Subdivision asphalt
cold-mix paving.
The construction schedule is approximate and is subject to change
due to construction delay and weather conditions.
The current year program and policy can be found online at www.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Engineering
Services at 780-968-8445.
Parkland County Patrol Services utilizes a Speed Safety Sign to determine
traffic flow and speeds on specific roadways.
Operating independently by battery, motorists exceeding the posted speed
limits are alerted by the flashing display of their recorded speed.
This device is particularly useful as it assists Parkland County Enforcement
Services in identifying areas of high traffic volume, high speed locations and
providing further evidence for investigations.
It is also used in conjunction with construction projects being undertaken by
our Public Works and Engineering department for the safety of our workers.
Harvest Value From All Your Land
Grow a Better Environment With ALUS
What is ALUS?
Alternative Land Use Services
is a voluntary, incentivebased program that supports
agricultural producers who
conserve, enhance and restore
upland and wetland areas.
Camping Appliances and Equipment
• Use battery-operated camping equipment
whenever possible.
• Only use ventilated appliances in your RV, tent, or
camper. An accumulation of vapours can produce
carbon monoxide or cause violent explosions.
• Always refuel camping appliances outside.
For more information please contact Parkland
County Fire Services at 780-968-8400.
For more information contact
Phone: 780-968-8888 ext. 8302
Email: [email protected]
ALUS is a program of
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ALUS recognizes the important
role farmers and ranchers
play in maintaining a healthy
environment. ALUS farmers
and ranchers are paid fairmarket value for ecological
benefits, which contributes to
the economic success of rural
The “Report A Poacher” program provides Albertans with the
opportunity to report suspected violations using a toll-free number:
1-800-642-3800 or #3800 on the TELUS Mobility network (courtesy
of TELUS Mobility). The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a
Fishing or hunting out of season, night hunting, exceeding bag
limits, illegal sale of fish and wildlife and deposit of harmful
substances in lakes and rivers are violations that seriously affect
fish and wildlife in Alberta.
If you see or know of a violation, you should record all information,
• date
• time
• location
• vehicle licence number
• vehicle description
• description of person(s) involved
• details of violation, and any other details, no matter how
insignificant they may seem. You should then contact the nearest
Fish and Wildlife office or call 1-800-642-3800 as soon as
If the information provided concerns a resource violation and
results in the laying of a charge, the reporter may be eligible for
a reward. If you have any questions about this program, please
contact the Stony Plain/Spruce Grove Fish and Wildlife Office at
TOUR 2015
Adventures in Aging
“Harvest Value From all Your Land”
Wednesday, September 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 8th
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall
200 Boundary Road - Spruce Grove
Doors open at 8:30 am
Parkland County’s Alternative Land Use Services Program is pleased
to invite you on a bus tour of our demonstration farms this Fall.
Come out and learn how ALUS pays farmers to produce ecosystem
services on their marginal agricultural land.
Who Should Attend?
• Agricultural producers who are interested in seeing ALUS in
• Residents interested in seeing how agricultural can produce
community benefit!
• Everyone is welcome!
Incl. Lunch
For more info call
What Will You See?
Participants will be introduced to ALUS, visit established projects,
and hear firsthand accounts from program participants.
Lunch will be provided.
Tickets Available at:
Stony Plain FCSS
4905-51 Ave
Spruce Grove FCSS
505 Queen Street
Parkland County Centre
53109A HWY 779
OFFICE HOURS 9 am to 4 pm
Closed during lunch
Parkland County Contact Information
Emergency - Fire, Police and Ambulance
General Inquiries
General Office 780-968-8888
Toll Free 1-888-880-0858
After Hours Inquiries
Parkland County Council
Mayor Rod Shaigec 780-968-8410
Councillor AnnLisa Jensen, Div. 1 780-968-8420
Councillor Jackie McCuaig, Div. 2 780-968-8421
Councillor Phyllis Kobasiuk, Div 3 780-968-8422
Councillor Darrell Hollands, Div. 4 780-968-8423
Councillor John McNab, Div. 5 780-968-8424
Councillor Tracey Melnyk, Div. 6 780-968-8425
Municipal Services
Agricultural Services Animal Shelter Assessment Services Disaster Services Enforcement Services (Patrol) Engineering Services Fire Services Legis. & Admin Services Planning & Development Property Tax Public Works Parks and Recreation Road Maintenance 780-968-8467
For more information on this newsletter and other Parkland County communications,
contact Sarah Mate, Communications Coordinator
Phone 780-968-8432 Email [email protected]
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